Bride: Elisheva M. Hirshman-Green
Groom: Steven M. Finston
Wedding gown style: Eliza (Vera Wang Fall 2010 Bridal Collection)
Wedding date: February 19, 2012
Boutique purchased: Vera Wang, Madison Avenue
Location: B’Nai Jeshurun Synagogue, Manhattan, New York
Photographer: Sara Wight Photography
First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? We were introduced by our mutual friend – one of my best friends from high school at the Fieldston School and Steve’s roommate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Although we had hung out a couple of times over the years, including an epic night of dancing, a few weeks after I moved home to New York City for good after graduating from law school and completing a clerkship, our friend sent Steve a text message saying that I had moved home and he thought we would get along. Steve contacted me on Valentines Day and our first date was less than a week later on February 20, 2010. By our third date, I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Steve. Steve says that he started falling in love with me during our first pre-date dance party. Two years to the almost day after our first date, we were married.
How did he propose? Tell us the story! On May 6, 2011, the first beautiful New York City Spring day of the year, Steve insisted, in spite of my pleas to go shopping, that we go for a walk on the reservoir in Central Park, my favorite place in the City. All of a sudden, as we were strolling, he got down on one knee and delivered the most beautiful proposal.
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? When I was 8, Vera Wang opened its Flagship Madison Avenue store across from my dentist’s office. At the time, I had no idea what amazingness was hidden inside but I did know that women of all ages would come in and out of the store beaming with excitement and that it was some place that I too wanted to go one day. After we got engaged, I almost immediately made an appointment at Vera Wang. I went to the appointment with my mother and future-mother-in-law, skeptical of the idea that I would know a dress when I saw it. But as soon as I put on the Eliza dress with the black sash, we all knew that it was the one; I bought it on the spot without thinking twice.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? We stayed true to our style. Two of our friends, a rabbinical student and cantorial soloist officiated, our siblings were our wedding parties, we served all of our favorite foods, including mini matzo ball soup shooters and s’mores, played all of our favorite music and I surprised Steve with a groom’s cake in the shape of his beloved car complete with his golf clubs.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? Classic elegance.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? Of course! I wore my love bracelet that my mother gave me for my 18th Birthday, my new Vera Wang gown, my mother-in-law’s diamond and pearl necklace and blue satin peep-toe Manolo Blahnik’s.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Stay true to your personal style so that you look like your most beautiful, confident and comfortable self in a stunning dress. And if you go with Vera, you cannot go wrong.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? Where to begin…it is really a toss up between the first time I saw Steve on our wedding day at the synagogue, me in my dress and him looking extremely handsome in his tuxedo, and walking in mid-February the two blocks from our apartment to the synagogue in my dress with some of the women in my family as cars stopped and honked (everybody vetoed my walking but I insisted). Also incredibly special, was having Friday night dinner (since we first started dating, Steve and I have had a standing Friday night dinner date) with our families and spinning at Soul Cycle before my wedding with my mother, future-sister-in-law and Steve.